Bill Whelan Presents: Emily Flack and Séamus Flaherty

Grammy award-winner Bill Whelan introduces some of the most dynamic artists emerging out of Ireland and North America


$24 General / $20 Members

Nov 16 – Nov 17



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Irish Arts Center
553 W 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


Bill Whelan’s eminence as the Grammy-winning composer of Riverdance is well known. Perhaps less popularly understood—but deeply appreciated among artists—is his role as a champion of the next generation of Irish talent. 

This season we are proud to welcome Whelan back to Irish Arts Center for a new series, Bill Whelan Presents, featuring the composer at the piano alongside some of the most dynamic young singers, dancers, and musicians emerging out of Ireland and North America.
Join us in the intimate Irish Arts Center theatre as Whelan is joined by Canadian singer-songwriter and step-dancer Emily Flack and sean-nós singer, dancer, and harpist Séamus Flaherty from Connemara. Accompanying them will be Erik Alvar (bass), Alan Murray (guitar), Shane O'Sullivan (percussion), and Haley Richardson (fiddle).

“Delight[s] all in attendance with his intricate steps, haunting sean-nós songs and sensational harp playing.”Journal of Music on Séamus Flaherty
“Celtic star...a young pianist whose accompaniment style showed great understanding of Irish fiddle music.”Herald of Scotland on Emily Flack





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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government partners including the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; The Ireland Funds, America; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; Bloomberg Philanthropies; The Nancy Malone Living Trust; The Shubert Foundation; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Westchester County; The Knights of St. Patrick; The Jerome L. Greene Foundation; Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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